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Transformers arrive at new Burnaby substation after 8,000 kilometre journey

Image of a transformer being delivered to the Big Bend Substation
One of two transformers is delivered by specialized trailer to the Big Bend substation in south Burnaby. A 30-kilometre trip from a storage yard in Delta was the last segment of a trip that started in Korea, where the transformers were manufactured.

BURNABY – Two new 58-tonne electricity transformers arrived in south Burnaby this week for BC Hydro's Big Bend substation, currently under construction. The transformers were shipped from Korea and took a month to arrive. Each transformer weighs the equivalent weight of about eight African elephants.

Construction of the substation began in October 2015 and it is expected to be in-service in the spring of 2017. The project will help meet electricity demand in the Big Bend area that is expected to increase by 20 per cent over the next 10 years.

BC Hydro owns and operates more than 300 substations across the province. Transformers play a vital role at substations by transforming high voltage electricity into lower voltages suitable to use in homes and businesses.

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